Post # 1
…how does the receiving line/send-off typically work? Does it go like this:
-Receiving line as guests leave the church
-Guests mingle and wait outside until the receiving line is over
-Couple exits church and guests throw rice/bubbles/petals at them
My other problem is that we are not doing a first look, so we have to do church pictures (all pictures, actually) after the ceremony. So do we drive away in our getaway vehicle then come back to the church for the photos?
Anybody with insight about this timeline, let me know how you did it/plan to do it! I know we can set this up however we want, but I’m having a hard time figuring it out so any suggestions would be helpful.
Post # 3
yes, that’s the way the receiving line works.
We actually aren’t doing a receiving line because our church doesn’t allow it. So we are going to hide either in the choir loft or downstairs while all of our guests exit and then walk out the front doors with everyone out there clapping or whatever.
We aren’t doing a get-away car. I’ve actually never seen anyone do a get-away car. It has just been understood that after the bubbles/rice/whatever, the bridal party would have to take pictures, and everyone else was free to leave. I suppose you could drive around the block a couple times until all the guests clear out, but we just don’t really care about the get-away car so we’re not doing it.
Post # 4
My sisters recieving line was at the entrance of the church and IT WAS A MESS> it bottle necked and noone could move. People tend to stand around and mingle. If you can, it’d be best to have it OUTSIDE so people can move around. Also, if you have a coordinator, try to make them the bad guys and make people move along. Not stand and talk to the bridal party. Things need to keep moving.
My wedding we didn’t do a recieving line, not enough time for one. We made sure to get to each table at the reception though, and it worked out just fine. If we missed people — oh well!!! 🙂
Post # 5
We didn’t do a receiving line either. However, our ceremony and reception were in the same location. I went to a wedding where everyone just waited around for the couple to finish up formal pics and then went to the reception. They actually did a faux get away in the middle of the reception rather than at the end of either the ceremony or reception.
Post # 6
I’d say skip the receiving line and just exit the church, do your getaway car thing and then circle back for pics. I’m really grateful for all the couples that have skipped receiving lines and just greeted guests at the reception.
Unless you have a really small wedding it’s a lot of waiting around. If a guest is one of the first ones to greet you – they have to wait for everyone to cycle thru and then see your exit and then wait again at the reception hall while you take pics. Plus wouldn’t it be nicer to spend a few moments alone with your new husband (since you’re not seeing each other before) rather than having to greet a bunch of guests right away?